That's Too Fast: Video Of A 450MPH R/C Jet Airplane

October 16, 2017

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This is a video of a 450MPH R/C jet airplane. It weighs 17 pounds (almost entirely engine) and has to be launched with a long elastic slingshot. It takes some serious eagle eyes to be able to fly too, because that thing goes FAST. Like four seconds and you can't even see it anymore. Also, at what point does an R/C plane stop being a hobby and start being a weapon? Because I'm pretty sure that's what this is.

Keep going for the video, but skip to 2:20 if you just want to see the thing flying around making jet sounds.

Thanks again to Luc, who's developing a system of quadrocopters that can do skywriting without a plane, and I'm stealing the idea and getting rich.

  • JJtoob

    According to Google, that's a little over half the velocity of a speeding bullet. I wouldn't want to get hit by that.

  • GeneralDisorder

    One of the heaviest "sporting arms" bullets is the .950 JDJ which has a projectile weight around 3600 grains (around 230 grams) and of course it differs because every projectile so far has been hand made (honestly, the rifle is $30k so who's gonna be able to fire a thing that could probably defeat older tank armor in the first place).

    This plane is about 33 times the weight of the heaviest bullet any civilian can fire (excluding cannon rounds, of course. Civilians can buy cartridge fired cannons with heavier bullets).

    The energy of that plane at top speed is 156,722 Joules. The aforementioned .950 JDJ has muzzle energy of a scant 52,450 Joules. So... the biggest civilian bullet made for shoulder-fired rifle is 1/3 the energy of this plane at top speed.

  • JJtoob

    Yep, still don't want to get hit by one of those lol.

  • Meh

    Like shoot someone during hunting, you got an excuse, hit your friend in the face with this thing and what you gonna say.

  • Confuciussay

    The days of the piloted combat aircraft are numbered. Scale this up and add VR interface to a remote pilot it would out G perform any insitu human piloted craft. The weight saving of not having to house a human body, ejection seat and oxygen tanks could be used for extra fuel or ordnance. Very impressive bit of kit. Dangerous too.

  • Wilf Smith

    I think they just built a home crafted missile system. Add a small GPS control system on board - a cellphone without the heavy screen and most of the battery - and you have a worrying home deployed mini cruise missile.

  • Showdown Samurai Sam

    It would be so sad if you go out of the connection range & nose dive at full speed
    #wantone

  • Showdown Samurai Sam

    Also I wonder what the range is before you need to refuel
    & The minimum speed needed to fly

  • Evan Lang

    How the hell do you fly something like this and not put a POV camera on it?

  • Man builds world's fastest rc plane

    Man sells world's fastest rc plane tech to the goverment

    RC planes kill man

    Trump inherits the earth??!?!?

    NoooooooOOO!

  • Perpetual Pizza

    You can make airliner flyby with that shit.

  • OR: Worlds probably greatest RC pilot manages to not obliterate a toy that goes way to goddamn fast to even enjoy as a toy.

    Yea my titles suck what of it wanna fightaboutit?

  • You wanna make a little dot shoot around the sky? This thing just became so cool that it went full circle and became lame again.

  • Doog

    How in the world did he maintain control over that thing? I completely lost a friends quadrocopter that was only moving at like 5 MPH.

    For anyone concerned I was able to locate the poor thing after I lost it. I'm not really a hero, but you're free to think whatever you'd like.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    From the sound, I'm guessing echo location would be useful.

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